I have a new song I want to share with you.
I can tell you why it was written. But I can’t tell you how.
Because in hindsight, the song came and went faster than a drop of rain.
It’s a song called “FARGO.”
And here’s the story behind it…
It was 2005—when I first moved to Nashville.
I remember thinking, How does someone write a song like “Friends in Low Places”?
Well, one day I was introduced to a guy named Bud Lee: the legend behind that very song.
Picture this: Bud, with his wild, curly hair straight out of the 70s, and me, trying to pen a tune together. It felt like herding cats, and the only thing we found that day was a good time.
One night, after some "adult beverages" and laughter until the early hours, Bud suggested a meet-up the next day at Brown’s Diner. Seemed a little early to me but I said yes.
The next morning I woke up and hurried to Brown’s. Bud was nowhere to be found.
I sat there at the bar holding his empty bar stool for the better part of 2 hours.
And then, there he was. Like a ghost appearing in the doorway with the light streaming in behind him, looking like he hadn’t stopped drinking since we left at 2:30 am.
I looked at him and said, “Geez Bud, you look like you had one too many beers.”
“It ain’t the caboose that kills you. It’s the train. Can I get a Bud Light?”
My mind was blown. I mean, THAT was his “off the cuff” reply?! He didn’t even write it down on a piece of paper. It was just the way he spoke.
At that moment I knew only Bud could have penned “Friends In Low Places.”
I just needed to be. And in time, my version would come along.
Here’s where the story gets interesting.
10 years later I’m telling this story to my friend Hugh Bob.
Hugh starts telling me a story about when he was on tour in Fargo.
He was sitting at a bar, waiting to do his soundcheck in the middle of the day when some local yells, “You know the interesting thing about living in Fargo?”
Hugh replied, “No, apparently I don’t.”
The man replied, “When your dog runs away you can watch it run away ALL DAY LONG.”
My jaw dropped! I started laughing and then I realized it was the same song.
I had been thinking about that line for 10 years.
The song hit me all at once—so I ran outside, turned my phone on, and wrote down pretty much the entire song.
The song is called “FARGO” and I want to share it with you today.
It’s still in the works—and I can’t wait for you to hear the full version on the new album.
It’s a song a decade in the making.
Music has this incredible way of weaving stories, friendships, and random moments into something you can feel and experience.
"FARGO" is my testament to that magic.